Trump Met Pope Francis and Changed His Twitter Banner to Prove it

USA president Donald Trump has met with Pope Francis at the Vatican in what looked to be a civil discussion.

Trump and the pope met privately in a one-on-one conversation in a Vatican study on Wednesday. But after a half-hour meeting behind closed doors, Francis seemed to have cheered up considerably.

Since Inauguration Day, the inscrutable first lady Melania Trump has been scrutinized for any sign of her interior monologue.

At the end of the meeting, there was an exchange of gifts, as is customary.

The CNN story notes that while senior White House officials claimed the Vatican is strict on admittance into its talks, "previous administration officials who helped orchestrate meetings between United States presidents and the Pope said that high-level Catholic staffers who expressed interest in attending the papal sessions were regularly accommodated".

In February a year ago, Pope Francis responded without naming Trump saying "a person who only thinks about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian".

US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania arrive at Fiumicino's Leonardo Da Vinci International airport, near Rome, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Another picture portraying Ivanka Trump and Melania Trump wearing black dresses and veils, the president smiling and the Pope's stern look was satirized mercilessly on social media.

The two leaders have diametrically opposing views on various issues ranging from immigration, Mexico wall and climate change.

Pope Francis then gave Mr Trump a small sculptured olive tree and told him through the interpreter that it symbolised peace.

Hours after the meeting she said it was an experience she would never forget.

The Pope gifted the president his latest encyclical Laudato Si', which deals with taking care of the environment.

The Trump team is due to fly to Brussels on Wednesday afternoon for meetings with European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation officials before returning to Italy late Thursday for the G7 summit in Sicily on Friday and Saturday. The meeting comes midway through his 9-day worldwide trip.

While Trump received warm welcomes in Riyadh and Jerusalem, the reception could grow cooler now that he's reached Europe, the site of widespread protests after his election. Climate change activists projected the words "Planet Earth First" on the massive dome of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Tuesday night, and protests are expected when he attends a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels and a G-7 gathering in Sicily.

Like Melania Trump, former first ladies Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton have forgone headscarves when visiting the country.

  • Audrey Hill